September 19, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – The No. 1 pre-season ranked University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team took a tumble in last weekend’s battle of the west games as the Vikes doped to 2-2-0 and out of the top-10 CIS rankings. The Vikes are currently in third place in the Pacific Canada West Division and are looking to grab points on the road against the Dinos and Pronghorns, Sept. 22-23.
Last weekend, the Vikes men conceded six points to mainland rivals the Trinity Western Spartans and UBC Thunderbirds. The Vikes went down 3-0 to the Spartans before second-year Craig Gorman (Victoria, B.C.) netted one in the 89th minute to break the shut out. Against the T-Birds, the Vikes battled hard for 69 minutes before Thunderbirds midfielder Milad Mehrabi scored from 20 yards out to put the Birds up 1-0.
The two losses are a similar reflection to the 2011 team’s standings. After losing to both UBC and Trinity Western at this time last year, the Vikes then went on undefeated for 12 regular season games before hosting and winning the CIS national championship.
Despite losing several from the championship team, the Vikes show great strength in second-year returnees Cam Hundal (Terrace, B.C. ) and Gorman, as well as fourth-year keeper Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, B.C.). Mitrou has posted one shut out in three games and has a 1.67 goals-against-average.
The Vikes also gain strength from returning defenders Gavin Barrett (Richmond, B.C.), Bobby Eng (Richmond, B.C.) and Toshi Hayashi (Victoria, B.C.). In the midfield Andrew Ravenhill (Victoria, B.C.) and Thomas Mallette (Trail, B.C.) have both been consistent impact players.
Fresh faces for the Vikes include third-year Langara College transfer Cameron Stokes (Richmond, B.C.), who scored twice in the home opening weekend against UNBC, as well as third-year Spartans transfer Adam Plantinga (Abbotsford, B.C.), who has one goal to his name so far.
The Vikes will look to turn six points around on the road against the Dinos on Saturday, Sept. 22 (1:15 p.m.) and the Pronghorns (11 a.m.).
SCOUTING THE DINOS
The Dinos are currently 0-3-1 and fifth in the Prairie Division of the Canada West. Last weekend, the Dinos played a home-and-away series with the Pronghorns that saw the Horns come out on top in both games. In their opening weekend, the Dinos conceded a 3-0 loss to the UBC Thunderbirds and drew 1-1 with the TWU Spartans.
The Dinos have a one-two punch in net with goaltending tandem Jordan Unreimer and Colin Hasick, while returnee Brett Howard will be a threat up front with fellow strikerIzak Lawrence.
SCOUTING THE PRONGHORNS
The Lethbridge Pronghorns are currently fourth in the Prairie Division with a 2-2-0 record. The Horns picked up back-to-back wins against the Dinos last weekend but were blanked by both UBC and Trinity Western in their opening series on the road. The young but talented roster returns 15 players and add 12 new faces to the squad.
The Horns graduated veteran goaltender Colin Pattison leaving Tyler Boast to pick up the tab between the posts. Senior midfielder Matt Medoruma, as well as defendersBrett Silbernagel and Luc Rajcic are the go-to leaders on the pitch, while newcomers Dominic Rigaux, Keon Kirlew, Nathan Marks and Dominique Point Du Jour are expected to be players to watch.